Jan. 4, 2014
SaharaReporters, New York
The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) yesterday in Rivers State arrested six youths bearing seven AK47 rifles around Ekporo Road on their way to Ogu.
Among them was Daniel Ibito-Anga, who parades himself and is known in Ogu Bolo as Security Adviser/PA to Senator George Sekibo (Rivers East Senatorial zone) and Evans Bipi, the Rivers State Assemblyman who was recently stopped by a court from parading himself as the Speaker of the Assembly.
Others arrested gave their names as Sunday Elisha, Uche Jenikachi, Ibinabo Lawson, and Okechukwu Okoro.
In addition to the rifles, the men had 146 rounds of 7.62mm Special life ammunition and 10 life magazines among others.
They were stopped on the basis of their suspicious movement as they headed for Ogu Bolo Local Government Area in an off white Land Rover jeep with registration number JJ441BZ.
Both Senator Sekibo and Evans Bibi are from Ogu and have publicly confessed to being extremely close associates of Nigerian First Lady Patience Jonathan, who hails from nearby Okrika, and they all speak the same Okrika dialect. Evans Bipi was a domestic aide of Mrs. Jonathan before he was elected into the Rivers State House of Assembly in 2011, Sekibo, who nurses gubernatorial ambitions, hopes to ride into Government House on the back of Mrs. Jonathan. They are all publicly known to be fighting the Rivers State governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Following their arrest, the men were taken to Bori Camp, the military base in Port Harcourt. Unconfirmed information reaching us is that they were this morning handed over to the Police in Rivers State.
The police command in the State is headed by Commissioner Joseph Mbu, who is said to have been brought to the command by Mrs. Jonathan, from whom he has been widely accused of taking directives.
Only recently, Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi raised the alarm that arms, ammunition and weapons were being brought into the State by people opposed to his administration ahead of the next general elections. He alleged that the weapons were meant to be used to intimidate and perpetrate violence against the people of Rivers to enable his opponents to rig the elections.